- ORGANIZATION: ENVISION SCHOOLS COLORADO POSITION: PRINCIPAL, ENVISION PREP #2 LOCATION: DENVER, CO REPORTS TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER BACKGROUND EnvisionMessage 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2009View Source
ORGANIZATION: ENVISION SCHOOLS COLORADO
POSITION: PRINCIPAL, ENVISION PREP #2
LOCATION: DENVER, CO
REPORTS TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Envision Schools Colorado (ESC) is a new nonprofit charter management organization (CMO), the first in Colorado, which will ultimately operate a network of six schools in the Denver-metro area. Our CMO is based on the successful model and track record of Envision Schools, a CMO based in San Francisco that operates four high schools in the Bay Area. The first two ESC schools will be located in Denver Public Schools (DPS). Our first school, Envision Leadership Prep ("Leadership Prep"), will open in fall 2009 in the Park Hill neighborhood of northeast Denver. The second ESC school ("Envision Prep #2") will also be located in an area of Denver that has been traditionally underserved. Locations for the remaining four schools remain to be determined but will be in metro-Denver districts. Each school opens with ~100 sixth graders and ~100 ninth graders and will add the same two grades until the fourth year, when only sixth graders will be admitted. At capacity, each school will serve ~700 students in grades 6 through 12.
The mission of Envision Schools Colorado is to transform the lives of all our students, especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college, by preparing them for success in college and in life. Our schools will be true communities marked by intentional diversity, rigorous academic discipline, and excellence at every level. Compassion and high expectations will inspire and empower our students to succeed. Each Envision school is academically rigorous and integrates art and technology across the curriculum to instill the critical thinking, life experience and creative skills necessary for students to be successful in college and beyond.
As a CMO, we are committed to allowing principals and teachers to focus on instruction and learning and to removing many of the administrative burdens often placed on school leadership at single-site charter schools. To this end, we will maintain a central support office that will provide comprehensive services to the network of six schools, including professional development, assessment and use of data to improve instruction, curriculum development, charter acquisition, and back office services such as payroll, benefits administration, fundraising assistance, facilities acquisition, human resources, and technology set-up and maintenance.
We are building a dynamic team of people to lead the CMO and the schools managed by the CMO. The Principal will be critical to building a high performing team of teachers and support staff. The Principal for Envision Prep #2 will come on board in July 2009 to guide the planning process, conduct community outreach, recruit students, and hire teachers, and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the CMO. This is a remarkable opportunity for a visionary educational leader. We anticipate the principal of Envision Prep #2 will spend considerable time both in California and at Leadership Prep in the year before opening. Purpose of these intensive site visits will be to receive training and support from the founders of Envision Schools and the school leaders who run Envision schools in the Bay Area, as well as to shadow the principal of Leadership Prep, which will be in its first year of operation.
Serve as school's instructional leader
Drive and support implementation of the Envision Schools Colorado Design Principles
Set the tone and culture of the school, and hold the school accountable for student achievement
Student Enrollment & Outreach
In conjunction with the ESC Support Office, develop annually a student enrollment & outreach plan that supports the school's financial model
Lead the school's student enrollment & outreach efforts, responsible annually for executing the enrollment plan and delivering a fully-enrolled school
Responsible for recruiting, hiring, supervising, supporting, developing, evaluating, disciplining and terminating staff
Work with Envision Schools Colorado support office to monitor overall employment processes and issues including but not limited to: hiring, credentialing, security, fingerprinting, background checks, discipline, performance evaluations, and terminating
Governance, Internal and External Relations
With CEO of Envision Schools Colorado serve as representative to the charter authorizer, DPS
Serve as a dynamic and informed spokesperson as the educational leader of the school, including but not limited to neighborhood organizers, school board members, business leaders, and the community at large
Work with the ESC Board of Directors to implement and inform policies impacting the school
Budget and Development
In conjunction with ESC Support Office, prepare the Annual Budget for approval by the School Site Council and Envision Schools Colorado's Board of Directors
Responsible for day to day expense management and the overall financial viability of the school
Coordinate development work in partnership with the ESC support office staff
Administrative and Operational Oversight
In conjunction with ESC Support Office and site-based operations staff, accountable for all day-to-day school operations
Areas of operational oversight will include: facilities, technology, data management, testing, insurance/risk management, food services, attendance, safety & emergency planning, and compliance,
The ideal candidate will:
Embrace the mission of Envision Schools Colorado
Be comfortable with constant change and rapid growth in an entrepreneurial start-up environment
Be able to generate enthusiasm and support among a broad base of community partners for the mission of the organization
Be willing to wear a variety of hats and roll up his/her sleeves
Be committed to developing people
Have a Bachelor's degree with a Master's degree highly preferred
Have successful school leadership experience or targeted training, and ideally have his/her administrative credential
Ideally be bilingual in English/Spanish
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary: This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Benefits: Competitive benefits package includes vacation and sick leave, health benefits, and retirement
Envision Schools Colorado will accept applications until the position is filled and invite select candidates for interviews. Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of employment verification and
Please submit the following by email to
Cover Letter In your letter, please address the following questions
1. What specifically makes the Envision Schools vision a good fit for you?
2. Describe how your leadership has effectively brought about positive student outcomes.
3. Describe your leadership style. Please provide specific examples of your leadership style in practice.
Envision Schools Colorado is strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourages applications from African-American, Latino and other traditionally under-represented